COVID-19 Related Updates

As of June 1, 2020 Governor Dodge State Park is Open.

  • Vehicle Admission Sticker is REQUIRED. Park Offices are closed, call 888-305-0398 from 8AM-4PM or visit to purchase a sticker.
  • Bathrooms are OPEN.
  • Park will be open 6AM-11PM daily.
  • Park Office is CLOSED, purchase your sticker prior to arrival at 888-305-0398 or at
  • Camping is available. ALL campsites are reservable, campers must reserve a site at or 888-947-2757 to obtain a campsite.
  • Face coverings are required when inside any building.

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Please be considerate to all. Practice social distancing. Stay Well!

Candlelight Events

Every year, the Friends host a candle light ski in the park. It is a great time to get out and see the park when the ice is glittering and the sounds are hushed.

You'll see us there around the campfire, serving up warm drinks and friendly tales or taking time out to enjoy the trails.

Trail lit with candles

Winter Candlelight Ski

Candlelight Ski is scheduled for Jan 18 6:00 pn - 8:30 pm. Begin at the Cox Hollow Beach Parking Area.

Trail location will be determined based on weather and snow conditions.

Concessions and a bonfire are usually the plan, check back later for details.  Amenities to be provided will be a warm fire, fixin's for smores and concessions for sale. Make sure to bring your warm cheer! Mark your calendars!

As always, any and all help is greatly appreciated. Throughout the winter we will be preparing candle bags. The day of the event, we will need help placing and lighting candles. If you would like to help the day of the event, please show up about an hour before (around 5PM).

Fall Candlelight Hike

The 2020 Fall Candlelight Hike has been scheduled for Oct 10.

Stroll down the Lakeview Trail lit with glowing candlelight.  Enjoy s'mores around the bonfire after your walk.  The Iowa County Astronomers will have telescopes set up on Cox Hollow Lake Dam for visitors to view the night sky.  Note that leashed pets are permitted on the trail walk but by law are not allowed in the picnic/beach area.